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Reduction in Seizure Frequency With a High-Intensity Fitness Program (CrossFit): A Case Report

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Reduction in Seizure Frequency With a High-Intensity Fitness Program (CrossFit): A Case Report

Mia Liisa van der Kop et al. Epilepsy Behav Rep.

Abstract

Few studies have reported the impact of intensive exercise on seizure susceptibility. Here, we present a case in which a patient developed drug-resistant focal epilepsy after craniotomy for a low-grade glioma. She had a marked reduction in seizure frequency after switching from moderate exercise to a high-intensity exercise program. Psychological benefits of exhaustive exercise included decreased suicide ideation, in part mediated by fewer seizures.

Keywords: Focal seizures; High-intensity exercise; Ketogenic diet; Ketosis; Oligodendroglioma.

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Seizure frequency, anti-epileptic drugs and exercise regime.
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a. Pre-operative* image of the tumor (May 6th, 2016) and b. post-operative image of the tumor (August 26th, 2016). *date of surgery: July 5, 2016.
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Seizure frequency in the 6-months before and 6-months after intensive exercise.

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